Feral Leadership

Industry expert Frank Cutitta blogs on the organizational complexities of the convergence of IT, marketing and data science

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How social media can drive smart city supply chain

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Every urban politician knows the power of social media in driving votes, whether for good or bad. So, it should come as no surprise that citizen-powered social media is also increasingly becoming a major factor in urban economic efficiencies. The field of supply chain, as it relates to the production and distribution of a commodity […]

The art of strategically expanding a problem

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I recently heard an executive attribute his success to learning that sometimes to fix a problem you need to make it bigger. This rattled around in my head for a while and then it started making some kind of sense. Simply stated, some problems just seem to linger unsolved until someone or something suddenly escalates […]

“Ambush” corporate makeovers and spontaneous innovation

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Ok I admit it, I’m obsessed by the makeover segments on the morning talk shows. Hoda and Kathy Lee pull someone out of the audience with 1970s’ hair and a pair of mom jeans. One hour later they come out from behind the curtain, almost unrecognizably gorgeous, in a trendy party dress and a hair […]

How “Nudge Theory” is changing engagement

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What is now called “nudge theory” isn’t totally new. The first wind-up alarm clock, for example, was a rudimentary technology nudging humans to do something they wouldn’t necessarily do on their own. It just wasn’t until much later that nudge theory became “branded” — thanks to Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein writing their book Nudge, which […]

A foodie’s guide to restaurant technology

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I opened the menu and there was a gravy stain on the appetizer page from the night before. Even in a world of digital content delivery, it seems there are still some things that have changed very little when it comes to foodies on a feeding frenzy. The truth is most of my fellow technology […]

Technology on the slopes for Winter 2019

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As the snowbirds head south to warmer climes this month, many others are experiencing the annual exhilaration that comes with the first reports of snow from their favorite ski resorts. As a tech gadget geek and snowboard instructor for “mature beginners” (aka Grays on Trays), I fall into the latter category. We cover so many […]

Rethinking ‘feral leadership’ in a post-digital world

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In a short time, “digital transformation” has changed from a revolutionary term to an evolutionary term. And, as a result, the definition of what I call “feral leadership” has changed as well. As I originally defined it, feral leadership was metaphorical with a feral cat. By this I mean that C-level managers, whether technical or […]

How medical scribes reduce healthcare workflow burnout

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It used to look so easy on television. Dr. Welby would hand over some cryptic notes to his trusted nurse/office assistant Consuelo Lopez to put into a color-coded manila folder among the record room’s many file stacks. Fast forward to 2018, when laws require the physician to enter notes into an electronic health record (EHR) […]

The digital transformation of real estate

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Take a look at the LinkedIn profiles of the top executives in the major real estate chains. You won’t be surprised that they didn’t grow up wearing a gold Century 21 blazer. Not unlike what Uber did to transportation and Amazon did to retail, the real estate industry is now leveraging a digital backbone to […]

How “feral” insights sometimes trump qualitative and quantitative research

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I feel so guilty when I have to tell colleagues and management that technology can’t solve a given problem. I feel even more uncomfortable when I have to explain that technology is actually decreasing effectiveness. I don’t have a C-level technology job title — but I know that it’s even more difficult (and counter-intuitive) for […]